Agriculture in Israel and Jordan Valley
One of our growers recently made a trip to Israel to learn about Agriculture in that part of the world. Glenn with T&A Farms was kind enough to share with us about his trip and what he learned while he was over there. While in Israel, he toured some farms and saw how they grow Cauliflower, Winter Wheat, Onions, Carrots, Olives, Broccoli, and of course Strawberries. He learned about the different techniques that work best and how they work with the terrain and countryside. Glenn also made a visit to their Water Treatment Facility and learned how they treat water for agriculture. The process was very close to the same as what we are used to in Watsonville, CA. but there were some differences. For example he learned they use Chlorine to kill pathogens where in Watsonville, Ca. we use Ultra Violet light. The reason they still use chlorine was the cost.
Glenn also visited Jordan Valley during his trip and saw how they grow Bananas, Lemons, Pink Grapefruit, Avocados, & Mangoes. All of these crops are watered by using drip tape to conserve water due to the scarcity of water in that area. They use various methods to protect the crops from frost as well as birds and other pests.
To check out photos from Glenn's trip click on the photos below to view his slideshows. These are in PDF Documents so you can scroll through at your leisure and read all about his travels.
Israel Water Treatment - Slideshow
Jordan Valley Agriculture - Slideshow
Israel Agriculture - Slideshow
Israel Terrain & Countryside - Slideshow
The Israel I Learned - Slideshow
2016 Annual Central Coast Strawberry Meeting
On Feb 4th 2016 the University of California Cooperative Extension Santa Cruz held their annual meeting to talk about their latest research on Strawberries. Mark Bolda has provided the presentations from that meeting. By visiting the link below you can view his presentations. There is lots of great information concerning the strawberry industry in California, ranging from new varieties and what is going on with the use of Methyl Bromide for pre plant fumigation, and better methods for conserving water.
If you have any questions you can contact Mark Bolda via e-mail @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also visit the UCSC website to find more information about Santa Cruz Resources. http://cesantacruz.ucanr.edu/
2016 Annual Central Coast Strawberry Meeting Presentations